127-Year-Old Illinois Lumberyard Closing

A Quincy, Illinois lumber business is closing, the The Herald-Whig reported Monday. Bernzen Lumber Co. has been in the same family for 127 years and will close in March. Greg Bernzen, fifth-generation operator of the family business said that the company is selling as his father, Bill, is in poor health. Greg Bernzen said that while the business will be sold, but he is not at liberty to identify the buyer until after the transaction is complete.

The new owner will re-open the store after a liquidation sale.

Competition from local big box stores “did not at all” enter into the decision to sell the business, Bernzen told The Herald-Whig. Bernzen also told the newspaper that he has accepted an offer to work for the new owners in his current role as “pretty much a general manager.”

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The business opened in 1889 and moved to its present site in 1910. Originally called  Middendorf Brothers Lumber Co., the company’s name was changed to Bernzen Lumber Co. in 1988.

Sullivan Auctioneers will hold a liquidation auction onsite on Wednesday, March 16. On the Sullivan Auction listing, Bernzen Lumber president Nancy Bernzen reminds readers that the store is still open and that Friday, March 4 will be the last day of business.

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